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Queensland Branch Meeting: Searching for dark matter and new physics with GAMBIT

  • 27 May 2020
  • 3:30 PM
  • Via Zoom, please register to get the link


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I will describe GAMBIT, the Global and Modular Beyond-the-Standard-Model Inference Tool, and a few of its key results so far. GAMBIT is a large-scale computational framework and 60-person collaboration of physicists, astronomers, statisticians and computer scientists, designed for composite likelihood analysis of different theories for the identity of dark matter and new particles. It includes detailed likelihoods and prediction calculations for signals at experiments ranging from the Large Hadron Collider to gamma-ray and antimatter telescopes, direct dark matter searches in deep mines, and a neutrino telescopes embedded in the Antarctic ice sheet, as well as an extensive suite of sampling algorithms.

Biography: Pat is a particle and astroparticle phenomenologist. He likes to stick his nose into particle theory and experiment, cosmology, solar and stellar physics, high energy astrophysics, statistics, computational physics, supercomputing and other things - usually two or three at a time. He leads the GAMBIT Community, a bunch of 60-odd other like-minded types from all over particle and astrophysics, stats and computer science. Pat moved to UQ in September 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in the Astrophysics Group, and will be starting as an ARC Future Fellow this month. Before moving to UQ, he was an Ernest Rutherford Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Fundamental Physics Section at Imperial College, a Banting Fellow in the High Energy Physics Theory group at McGill University, a PhD student in the Cosmology, Astroparticle Physics and String Theory Group at the Oskar Klein Centre in Stockholm, and an Honours student at the Mt Stromlo Observatory at ANU.

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